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Mike Tyson joins host Neil Patrick Harris in standing-O-worthy opening
The boxer, who made his Broadway debut last summer in a one-man show (and became the go-to punchline of the evening), gamely hoofs it up with the four-time host in an elaborate production number that earned a rare, sustained standing ovation.
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The Tonys say yeah to Kinky Boots
The high-heeled musical adaptation of the 2005 British indie film may have been the underdog to Matilda, but it strutted off with six Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Score for its tearful first-time composer Cyndi Lauper.
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Cicely Tyson wins Best Actress in a Play
The 88-year-old legend, returning to the stage after three decades in a revival of The Trip to Bountiful, gives a heartfelt speech. '''Please wrap it up,' it says. Well that's exactly what you did with me,'' she told the crowd. ''You wrapped me up in your arms after 30 years. And now I can go home with a Tony.''
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A show-stopper (about TV shows that stopped)
Broadway alums who also starred in just-cancelled TV shows — Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Megan Hilty (Smash), Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club, Go On) gamely poked fun at themselves in a hilarious medley set to A Chorus Line's ''What I Did for Love.''(Perhaps not surprisingly, all of the short-lived series were on NBC.)
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Tracy Letts sneaks by Tom Hanks for Best Actor in a Play
Letts, who wrote the 2009 Best Play August: Osage County, starred in an acclaimed revival of Who's Afraid of Viriginia Woolf?, which also picked up Best Revival of a Play and Best Director of a Play for Pam MacKinnon. Hanks will just have to wait to try for the third piece of his would-be EGOT.
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Billy Porter wins for Kinky Boots
Like Pippin's Andrea Martin, the stage veteran has to put down his Tony to speed through his speech. Thanking costar (and fellow lead-actor nominee) Stark Sands, he even gets off one of the night's best lines: ''I share this award with you. I'm going to keep it at my house, but I share it with you.''
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The tap-dancing kid from A Christmas Story
Pint-size 9-year-old Luke Spring wows 'em with a taptastic performance in a number from the Best Musical nominee with the perhaps inevitable name ''You'll Shoot Your Eye Out.''
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Matilda stages a revolt
Given the first production number of the show, the London import based on Roald Dahl's children's book delivers some spirited snippets of the show's best numbers — including the Spring Awakening-like anthem ''Revolting Children'' — which may drive enough ticket sales to serve as consolation for losing the top prize.
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Cinderella's quick-change act
Laura Osnes may have lost the Best Actress in a Musical race to Pippin's Patina Miller, but she showed off her pipes in a lovely number from Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. But the real showstopper, as in the show: William Ivey Long's costumes, which magically (or magnetically) transform from rags to royal-ball-ready riches before your eyes.
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NPH and Audra McDonald throw down at the end
Even though the show was about seven minutes overtime, Neil Patrick Harris began rapping a recap of the evening set to Jay-Z's ''Empire State of Mind,'' with five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald crooning the Alicia Keys melody. The two even finished with a mic drop.